Using this powerful statistical approach, absence of hydrogen peroxide-producing lactobacillus in the vaginal flora at baseline was associated with a 50%-70% increased risk of acquiring BV during the relatively brief follow-up period after controlling for race, smoking, and douching
Nonetheless, the most common reason given for douching
among all the girls in this study was to feel clean.
Policy Statement: Vaginal Douching
and Adverse Health Outcomes.
The women were questioned about their personal douching
history, beliefs about douching
, and any discussions they had or planned to have with the girls regarding the practice.
More than 40% of the respondents had not discussed--and had no plans for discussing--any negative aspects of douching
with the girls.
Of note, some studies have suggested that douching
is associated with cervical chlamydial infection and PID.
Five (33%) had anal-douching
facilities, all of which sold douching
tubing that was not designed for anal insertion.
Fiscella agrees that it's premature to suggest douching
causes low birth weight in babies.
32) The $212 million industry acquired most of its profits from the sale of jellies, suppositories, tablets, and antiseptic douching
solutions retailed over the counter as feminine hygiene and bought principally by women.
Q: Can regularly administered douching
However, medically, douching
is frowned upon as studies have reported an association between douching
and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility or reduced fertility.
with a baking soda solution can also help; but douching
, particularly in the absence of symptoms, can alter the environment to the point of promoting bacteria vaginosis.
Being a thrush sufferer doesn't mean you're "dirty" - in fact, being overzealous with douching
can upset the natural balance in the vagina and start an attack of thrush.
Causes of BV include antibiotics, which can change bacteria levels, over-washing or douching
, the use of bubble bath or highly perfumed soaps, stress and other illnesses such as diabetes.
Candidiasis was significantly associated with douching
(odds ratio, 3.